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>> we have at least seven, eight, maybe ten gunshot victims and i believe gabrielle giffords was here. >> reporter: prosecutors say on january 8th it was loughner who open fire at a tucson supermarket during an event hosted by congresswoman gabrielle giffords. six people were killed. 13 others wounded. including giffords, who was shot in the head. on friday the congresswoman was moved from tucson to the intensive care unit at houston's memorial hermannhospital, where she'll stay for now, where doctors detected a buildup of fluid on her brain. while doctors say her progress has been remarkable they caution she faces a possible lifetime of recovery. daniel vaughn knows the journey she'll face. he was shot four times in the face and head. >> the main thing is to fight like hell. just don't give up. as long as she's fighting, the worst is not over.
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>> reporter: loughner will likely face murder charges as well but those will take a little longer because each one carries the potential for the death penalty. also in court today, the woman accused of kidnapping a newborn baby 23 years ago and raising her as her own. ann pettway is charged with kidnapping carlina white from a new york hospital in 1987. she reportedly confessed to taking the baby after having several miscarriages. carlina's biological father was in court but carlina herself was not. finally a break for people in the northeast dealing with this bone-chilling temperatures. it's crazy out there 37 we'll warm up to the mid-30s today which will feel tropical. >> yes. it's been brutally cold for the usually hearty residents of new england where readings dipped to near 30 below. linsey davis is joining from us boston. good morning, linsey. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. that ice shelf behind me, that is the charles river. most of it is frozen. much of new england is still trying to thaw out. many of the people we've spoken to had no option but to bundle
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up and endure these dangerous temperatures. this cold is so extreme, it's being blamed for two people in the northeast freezing to death. the arctic blast closed schools, killed car engines and canceled train service. talk about stopping traffic cold, it's a car in new york city. de-icing it, not an easy job. and neither is this. this crossing guard appears to be frozen in place, but despite the fact that the windchill was more than 20 below in killington, vermont, she only had one complaint. >> my feet are cold. >> reporter: while some can dart in and out of the cold to get to work, for others there's no escaping the deep freeze. so, do you think they should add neither rain nor sleet or cold will keep these couriers from the swift completion of their appointments? >> well, yeah, between -- between this year it's been a tough year. so, i think, yeah, everything should be added. >> reporter: james started his route in the suburbs of boston
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in negative 4 degree weather. he worked a double shift, nine hours out in the cold. >> in my 24 1/2 years, this is, you know, one of the toughest winters that i've been delivering mail. >> reporter: this meter maid, who's used to getting the cold shoulder, takes it all in stride. >> in and out, sip on some coffee, anything to keep us warm. >> reporter: the two biggest risks for those working in the cold, frostbite and hypothermia. frostbite is a damage to the skin caused by overexposure to the cold. in subzero temperature you can start to feel the preliminary symptoms in minutes. numbness or a pins and needles sensation. without treatment, it could cause permanent damage. hypothermia occurs when the body core temperature drops below 95 degrees. below 82 degrees, it can be fatal. according to this worcester, massachusetts, sanitation worker, the best advice for battling the cold likely came from mom. >> i got about six shirts and three pants. >> reporter: tuesday's forecast calls for a high of 36 degrees.
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quite a warm-up compared to the temperature yesterday. but then the potential for more snow by wednesday. rob and ven eat that. >> more snow, great. here's your tuesday forecast around the country. strong storms from new orleans to jacksonville and miami. rain extends to atlanta, memphis, raleigh and charlotte. a mix of morning rain and snow from new york to boston. a dusting in the upper midwest. up to 6 inches of snow in the northern rockies. >> 40s from boise to albuquerque. 62 in sacramento. 19 in the twin cities. 30 in omaha. 32 in detroit. 37 degrees here in new york. well, this prolonged stretch of bad weather has taken a toll on the nation's blood supply. the red cross is now urging people to give blood as soon as possible because the cold and snow have caused more than 14,000 donations to be canceled. the agency says it hasn't seen supplies this low in january in the past decade. a surfer is clinging to life after being wiped out by a monster wave. he and some 15 others were riding a 20-foot wave at a
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famous california spot when even more waves crashed over them. a man on a jet ski found him face up and not breathing and got him to shore where he thankfully was revived. that surfer is now in a medically induced coma. it's too early to know how much damage he actually suffered. he is one of the most high-profile public servants in the country but for while a little yesterday he was another private citizen. >> vice president joe biden showed up for jury duty. he sat in the waiting room, just like all others, except for the secret service agents. he phoned the president during the break. >> it's jury duty, a big blanking deal. >> we'll be right back. twtwtwire getaway:
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and now to the new mobile phone application developed by a team of university workers in britain. it is designed to protect children from pedophiles. >> the way this thing works. it's pretty dproerd. the app can analyze the language a person uses online to determine if they are who they say they are. laura bicker of the bbc has the story. >> reporter: allison's mom knew how easily children could be preyed upon over the internet. she was contacted from an online chat room. >> she thought the individual he was speaking to was someone she knew. it became clear it was someone it wasn't. >> it's important to have some way of protecting them when they're out and about. >> looking at that written by a child or someone predenning to be a child? >> reporter: researchers at lancaster university have come up with a way of telling adult from child. it's a mobile phone application called child defense. it looks carefully at the patterns of language, the kind
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of texts used. every comma, every stop is analyzed to try to identify pedophiles posing as children. >> it's quite good because -- so you know who you're talking to. you don't want to get yourself into trouble or anything like that. >> it's actually quite clever. they actually realized it's adults pretending to be children or trying to be down with the kids who use all the over the top abbreviations. >> this came from the parents themselves. they told us they want to be able to trust their children rather than having to resort to some sort of blanket monitoring their online activity. >> reporter: children's charities warn that paed files are using every more shis indicated methods to get to children on their mobile phones. it seems technology is catching up with them. >> do have you someone you can talk to? >> reporter: there are fears this new gadget could cause complacency. >> it can be helped but it can
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be part of the wider arm of sex abuse. >> if you need to -- >> reporter: the new app will be available for download in the next week. when we come back, oprah's huge bombshell. >> she might quite an introduction on air yesterday. all the details straight ahead. you're watching "world news now."
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well, the queen of tv talk, oprah winfrey, thought she knew everything about her own family. but it turns out her mother was actually hiding a pretty big secret. >> a secret she revealed to the world on the air yesterday. sharyn alfonsi has details. >> i thought nothing could surprise me anymore, but let me tell you, i was wrong. >> reporter: the talk show host sharing her own family secret, telling the audience she
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recently reunited with a half-sister her mother hid from her for decades. a little girl born in 1963 but given up for adoption. >> i was 9 years old at the time living with my father in nashville and didn't even know my mother was pregnant. >> reporter: patricia, a single working mom from wisconsin, was looking for her birth mother when she made the unbelievable discovery, vernita lee, oprah winfrey's mother, was her mother. >> the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. i said, no. i said, that can't be. >> reporter: but it was. she tried desperately to discreetly contact her and later oprah but didn't hear back. and while someone else might have tried to cash in, patricia held on to the secret for years, only recently quietly approaching a relative of the family. never sold her story. never tried to sell her story. what does that mean to somebody in a position like oprah? >> well, i mean, i know that oprah is very touched by that. it is really unfathomable when i look at the people that have
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been in her life who have betrayed her for something far less than this and to have this woman and her two children to not do that is really amazing. >> reporter: and it was a decision patricia, who still works two jobs, says she never wrestled with. >> family business needs to be handled by family. >> reporter: patricia and oprah reunited over thanksgiving and met with her mother about the decision that changed all their lives. >> i told the nurse that i wasn't going to keep the baby. and she said, oh, but she's such a cute little girl. why not? >> i'm trying to take it all in right now because i never heard that i was a pretty baby. >> reporter: words from a mother she never knew but a sister she hopes to. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> remarkable thing is that
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oprah had another sibling who did sell her out to the tabloids in the '80s who was a drug addict. >> there is criticism. washington post and entertainment weekly says could it have been a rating ploy? but it looked very sincere. and shine. with pantene nature fusion shampoo. experience cassia essence fused with pantene pro v science. the advanced formula conditions damaged hair to unlock radiant shine today and up to 10 times more strength in 14 days. nature fusion from pantene. healthy makes it happen.
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♪ ♪ finally this half hour, the end of our show. yesterday morning was not really the end of our day. >> our friends of "good morning america" invited us down to times square. turns out they wanted to help us celebrate our birthday. >> you see, rob and vinita and you think, i've overslept. we want to say happy 19th birthday to "world news now," the insomniacs get their news
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and so much more. it's wonderful. >> congratulations. >> toughest shift in the news business. >> yes, it is. >> you're a former alum. >> my favorite show to watch in the middle of the night. >> she made a cameo this morning. we took a look at past anchors. >> we used to joke it was breast-feeding moms watching us. >> we'll take whoever. >> exactly. >> congratulations. >> thank you so much. >> you know, we didn't spend that money on a cake and leave it there either. we made sure our staff was going to get some of this birthday cake. come out, guys. i'll start plating it up. >> so many cool things going on this week. >> we also learned -- >> this is the crew. >> we learned from robin she says she actually wakes up to skinny. >> she likes "the skinny." >> and she likes the new logo. >> and come and get some cake. eat a little bit. because you know we'll eat it all if you don't jump in quick here. >> best way to celebrate a birthday. oh, there's strawberry in this? >> it's actually really good.
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a behind the scenes look coming up. anchors stopping by. >> not only that, a lot of the anchors you've seen f you've watched the show throughout the year, did a cool favor and they taped hellos. if your favorite anchors, anderson cooper, you wonder what happened to that young man? >> what did happen to anderson? >> ryan owens, jeremy hubbard, some of the friendly faces you've watched throughout the years, you'll get to see what they're up to. >> 19 years, man. hard to believe. >> hard to believe. as you guys know, we always encourage to you logon to our facebook page. we've been reading what you think about the set, which is exciting. >> got a lot of reaction. notice, we're not wearing blue. folks thought we were too blue. >> we got off the blue a little bit. even though the cake is blue. >> that's all right. we like a theme here. the new set looks great. >> i will say we got all this cake, maybe our staff should sing happy birthday and we could join them in it. that would be a great way to go to break. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday
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this morning on "world news now," a state of the union preview. >> the issues president obama will address and why the speech is being called a political date night. it is tuesday, january 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." what are all the nicknames it's earned? date night. prom night. >> it's got to be a weird feeling on capitol hill the way they're matching folks up. some real political adversaries are going to be buddied up tonight. >> a couple was made on christiane amanpour's show. you'll see republicans and democrats sitting together. good morning, thanks for being with us, i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. be prepared to see unusual couples in the audience tonight
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at the state of the union. at least five dozens republicans and democrats have agreed to sit together. it's a sign of a new civil, more bipartisan government. we'll get into that coming up in a second. also coming up, new details about that suicide bombing at russia's busiest airport. you can see all of that smoke and confusion. 200 people killed and wounded. what u.s. leaders are saying this morning. grab your grocery list. we're going to go food shopping at the drugstore. it's actually a pretty new big trend out there and can actually save you money. we'll tell you why. you don't think like the walgreens and cvss of the world save you money on food, but we uncovered something a little different. >> make sure to stick around for that. we begin with the president's speech tonight. some are calling it the first speech of mr. obama's re-election campaign. >> the president is certainly setting an ambitious agenda for the next year, but also with an eye toward cutting spending. jake tapper reports from the white house. >> reporter: we know what the president will say about the state of the union. it's what presidents always say about the state of the union. >> our union is strong. >> our union is strong. >> the state of the union is strong.
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>> and strong. >> strong. >> reporter: the theme for this year's speech is how we win the future. as the president previewed for supporters in a video over the weekend. >> my principle focus, my number one focus is going to be making sure that we are competitive, that we are growing, and we are creating jobs, not just now, but well into the future. >> reporter: president obama will argue this can be built atop five pillars -- innovation, education, infrastructure, reforming government and reducing the federal debt. >> i'm focused on making sure that the economy is working for everybody, for the entire american family. >> reporter: in the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, americans are certain in their choice. they want the economy to be the top priority for the president and congress. >> we have big challenges in this country. we've got great opportunities but we're not going to meet them and we're not going to seize them unless we do it together. >> reporter: do it together. in the wake of the mid-term election shellacking and the tucson tragedy, the president
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will emphasize reaching across the aisle, which he has admitted he failed somewhat at doing in his first two years. as the president looks into the audience, he will see at least a temporary attempt to remove the proverbial aisle as dozens of members of congress break from the tradition of democrats and republicans sitting on opposite sides of the room by pairing off and sitting together. politicians have been pairing off like prom. >> i'm bringing the popcorn. he's bringing the coke with two straws. >> reporter: there was even a little moment on "this week" with christiane amanpour. >> i don't have a date. >> kay, i'm available. >> have you picked a date? >> i just asked kay. >> all right. well, we'll see you two sitting together. >> reporter: senior white house officials tell abc news that while president obama will push for new spending in areas such as education and innovation, he'll do so within the context of an overall reduction in total spending for the entire budget. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. and abc news will provide live coverage of the president's state of the union address and
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the republican response beginning tonight at 9 p.m. eastern. president obama's former chief of staff rahm emanuel is in a desperate race now against time. an illinois appeals court has ruled him ineligible to run for mayor of chicago because he lived part of the last year, of course, in washington. emanuel immediately, though, filed an appeal to the state supreme court, but the ballots are about to be printed and early voting actually gets started next week. the russian president is vowing to track down and punish the terrorists that the blast that ripped through moscow's busiest airport. the explosion left 35 people dead and many more injured, including foreigners. more now from the bbc daniel sanford. >> reporter: smoke, dust and dazed survivors. the immediate chaotic aftermath of what appears to have been a suicide bomb at moscow's busiest airport. domodedovo was full. several international flights had just arrived. hundreds of people were waiting to meet the passengers.
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carnage was inevitable. russian investigators say british people are among the dead. fires were still burning as the injured were loaded onto stretchers and luggage trolleys. eyewitnesss said the explosion seemed to be in the area where relatives and drivers wait for passengers to come through customs. eyewitnesss say it was just before 4:30 in the afternoon when the baggage hall was packed with people waiting for their luggage. suddenly, there was a huge explosion. the whole building shook. and then the streams started. >> everything was bloodied, their hair, their legs. >> terrible. something i never wish i'd seen. >> are you frightened now? >> no, but i'm very shocked and i'm something to go. >> reporter: one british airways passenger had a lucky escape. >> we were walking out through the exit of the arrivals hall towards the car. and there was this almighty explosion. this huge bang. we didn't know it was an explosion at the time.
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my colleague and i said, christ, that sounds like a car bomb or something because it was literally -- it shook it. >> reporter: international arrivals is at the eastern end of the main building. this is where the bomb went off. domodedovo is the airport of choice for major international airlines like british airways and emirates. the first indication, said the russian president medvedev, is that this is a terrorist act and we need to introduce extra security at all airports and stations connecting to airports. russia's experienced numerous bomb attacks linked to islamists in chechnya and north caucus republicans. many fear this was another, a symbolic strike at the airport favored by the world's biggest airlines. in arizona yesterday the man accused of the tucson massacre was back in federal court. jared loughner appeared in court wearing glasses and that now
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familiar and kind of eerie smile. through his lawyer he pleaded not guilty to trying to assassinate congresswoman gabrielle giffords and two of her aides. it's the first of many charges he faces in the rampage that killed six people and injured 13 others. it's been a particularly violent few days for the men and women who protect our streets. 13 police officers have been shot since thursday. four have died. the most recent shooting yesterday in florida took the lives of two st. petersburg officers. our affiliate fts reports. >> reporter: that's the sound of gunfire at the beginning of a daring rescue. you can see police officers duck for cover, and seconds later, more police racing with a gurney and the fallen comrade going to a waiting ambulance. he had been trapped inside a gunman's house for two hours after being shot while trying to arrest a fugitive. >> there was an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. during that exchange, we had two st. pete officers wounded and we
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had a u.s. marshal wounded. >> it was just pow, pow, pow, and all of a sudden the sirens. you heard the sirens, it got crazy and people started knocking on doors, telling people to leave. made everybody move to the side and it just got busy. >> reporter: grace was one of dozens evacuated after the shootout. then a massive police force stormed the area to try to rescue the officers. people from all over tampa bay. then we heard so many shots. we lost count. >> it's going to affect everybody. the neighborhood, their families, everything. got u.s. marshals going to make the neighborhood hot, you know. it's going to be terrible. it's going to be a repercussion on all of us, you know. that's what's bad about it. it's a terrible way to start the new year. >> reporter: indeed, it is a very sad way to start the new year for the st. petersburg police. it's been more than 30 years since a police officer died in the line of duty here. in st. petersburg, abc news. gun violence was also on the mind of new york city mayor michael bloomberg. he's now urging congress to
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close loopholes that allow gun sales to take place without the federally required background checks. bloomberg was joined at city hall by martin luther king iii as well as family and friends of those injured and killed in a number of notorious shootings. now, here is a look at your weather. heavy downpours, 60-mile-an-hour winds and isolated tornadoes from new orleans to miami. rain into georgia, tennessee and carolinas. moving rain and snow in new york and new england. flurries from fargo to minneapolis and snow from colorado to montana. >> 43 in billings. 44 in salt lake city. 64 in sacramento. 30s from can city to indianapolis. 44 in baltimore. 78 in miami. 62 in new orleans. well, as you may have heard us talking about, we are celebrating our 19th birthday at "world news now," so all week long we have a lot of surprises planned, including birthday greetings from pretty familiar faces through the years. >> a lot of people watching for years, you remember the whole hosts who have been up here. a name you might remember is
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ryan owens who joins us with his own birthday wish for the show. >> i am told "world news now" is turning all of 19 years old. by my math, that means you're still not old enough to drink. "world news now" with your hours, that is a real shame. i was asked to share my favorite memory. it goes something like this. everyone's favorites camera guy, willis, had a huge plate of doughnuts in front of him. somehow we thought this was a good idea to do on live television. and willis is stuffing his face with doughnuts and we're laughing so hard, we have absolutely no way of getting through the rest of the newscast. that actually happened more often than not. i miss you guys. happy birthday. >> nothing changes. willis is eating right now, aren't you? >> of course, as those who watch, you know ryan owens is still with abc news, based in dallas. >> your home city. and a northwestern grad just like you. more "world news now" coming up right after this. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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welcome back, everybody. well, before you make your food shopping trip, you want to hear this. turns out the grocery store actually may not be the best place to buy your groceries. >> it turns out drugstores are getting into the food-selling business and they are -- they are a major deals to be had. our consumer correspondent elisabeth leamy reports. >> reporter: there are oranges, bananas, apples. potatoes, onions and peppers. >> mango. >> reporter: meat, eggs, even sushi. but this is not your local grocery store. this is walgreens. drugstores that have added more food are attracting more customers and making more money. >> some of my best grocery deals have come from drugstores. >> reporter: crissy is co-founder of
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>> the drugstore offer incentives which makes them different from grocery stores and big box chains. >> reporter: we asked her to show us the deals you can snag at drugstores. >> this is actually cheaper than our local grocery store. >> reporter: we compared the prices she found at the drugstore to the local grocery store. first up, kellogg cereal. grocery store price, $3.29. cvs price, $1.79, a savings of $1.50. maxwell coffee, grocery store price, $7.99. cvs price, $5.99. a $2 savings. at walgreens she finds more killer drugstore deals. a 32-ounce container of honey. grocery store price, $7.19. walgreens' price, $3.99. savings, $3.20. >> i think they're pleasantly surprised we have great pricing on key items they're looking for. >> reporter: savings experts say drugstores' regular food prices
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are typically higher than grocery stores but their sales designed to get people in the door are killer. that's why she sweetens the deal for her family by going in with a plan and ignoring other temptations. there is one final difference between grocery stores and drugstores and that is inventory. grocery stores have plenty of room to stock up on things. drugstores don't always. so the key to bag those big bargains is either go at the beginning of the sale or if something has already sold out, ask for a rain check. in alexandria, virginia, elisabeth leamy, abc news. >> good advice. when we come back, time for your skinny. >> yes, we have new information about oprah's big bombshell and the latest news on the man with the golden voice.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ well, this is certainly the water cooler story of the week. oprah's big bombshell on the show yesterday revealing on the air she actually has a half-sister named patricia who lives in milwaukee.
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more shocking than that because, oprah says, my life is an open book, so i had no idea there was something this big about my family i didn't opinion. the backstory is crazy. patricia -- they have the same mother, who had put patricia up for adoption 50 years ago and oprah was 9 years old and at the time was living with her dad in nashville back in 1963. patricia tried for years to find her mom. mom had no interest in seeing her. all of a sudden a report appears on local news in milwaukee with oprah's mom, and patricia is watching and says -- and putting the pieces together and says, wait a minute, i think i could be oprah's sister. she has the dna test to prove they tilely are related. see how the conversation unfolded yesterday on oprah's show. >> i made the decision to give her up because i wasn't able to take care of her. >> how are you feeling hearing all of this? >> i'm just -- i'm trying to
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take it all in right now. because i never heard that i was a pretty baby. so, i didn't know. >> very emotional story. mom felt a little shame she had given the baby up for adoption. that clip is from thanksgiving. stedman and oprah went up to milwaukee to visit mom and the half-sister for the first time this past thanksgiving and brought her on the show yesterday. of course, the impressive thing here is she never -- oprah says, she never tried to sell me out, take the story to the press or tabloids. she's known since 2007 of this genetic link between her and oprah but never tried to use it for financial gain, so we'll see where things go. just very interesting. >> and "the washington post," entertainment weekly, they're saying, could this have been a ratings ploy on opera's part in the sense she had just come back from australia, she wanted to make sure the ratings are up. if you watch, it it's hard to believe that was the case. we're speaking of what critics are saying. there's been so many theories why regis left. here's the latest one. people are saying it's all about money. according to tmz they say regis was making between $18 and $20
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million a year. producers realized the times he would leave, the ratings weren't dipping so when it was time to renpgt they basically said we want an adjustment. don't carry the show as much. according to sources regis basically said, i won't take thethe pay cut and then went on to fire his long-time manager, someone that had been with him for something like 30 years. they say reportedly he told kelly the decision he was quitting 15 minutes before they went on air. she's genuinely stunned. they say she's furious and showed a total lack of respect for her. again, this is just one of the theories out there. you never know what the truth is. >> you never know in hollywood. another story proof of that, steve harvey, whose made a career of writing relationship books. apparently his ex-wife has put a series of videos on youtube saying he cheated on her, took their son, left her homeless and a nasty divorce and he was cheating on her, got phone calls from the mistress and a nasty divorce process back in 2005, and says now she's bringing this out to light because he is suing
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and finally this half hour, the clock is ticking toward britain's royal wedding. come friday there are just 13 weeks to go. that's all until william and kate walk down the aisle. >> it's flown by we get our updates about all the developments including who made the guest list from our royal expert, katie nichol. >> reporter: the most exclusive guest list in the world seems to be getting closer to completion. it now appears sarah ferguson will be getting an invitation to the wedding but won't necessarily make the cut for the coveted reception at the palace after the ceremony. she said this to canadian television recently about a possible invite.
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>> it's just fantastic news. it's great news for william and catherine. she's so beautiful and so lovely. >> reporter: harry is also said to want his on/off girlfriend chelsea at the nuptials. >> as you may recognize now, it's my mother's engagement ring. >> reporter: of course, much speculation continues about diana's influence on the wedding. word now, prince william may have chosen kensington palace for their london residence, his childhood home. >> obviously, we want a family, so we have to start thinking about that. >> reporter: diana was the most famous woman in the world. her sense of style and charity work made her an icon, but now all eyes on on prince william's fiancee kate. >> diana knew the power of a dress to shift the mood of a crowd. she doesn't want to be diana. if she tried to compete with her, it would be an absolute disaster for her. >> reporter: yet comparisons are inevitable. london tabloids paying ever increasing attention to kate's noticeable weight loss. >> diana's attitude to fashion
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was, it really reflected what she was feeling at the time. it's almost like a soap opera taking place and the series of dresses she would wear. >> reporter: we all remember the night diana wore that black dress as prince charles gave the famous interview about his relationship with camilla. and what about the most important dress kate will wear in her life? >> i think she'll go for something much more pared down, much more simple but in a very elegant, sort of slooem sleek way. >> reporter: though there are many comparisons being drawn, the couple want to avoid the comparisons to princess diana. >> it's about carving your own future. no one's trying to fill my mother's shoes. what she did is fantastic. it's about making your own future and destiny and kate will do a very good job of that. >> there is one person who says he doesn't think he'll be invited april 20th to westminster abbey, that's elton john >> really? >> of course, he and princess diana were close friends. he rewrote that version "candle in the wind" for her funeral.
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this morning on "world news now," terror in moscow. >> at least 35 are dead after a bomb explodes at moscow's busiest airport. it's tuesday, january 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. that suicide attack on russia's busiest airport, we were talking about it as we were saying our hellos and also wounded 180 people. we'll have details just ahead. also coming up, the president will give his state of the union speech tonight. of course, the economy will be the overriding theme again. we'll have a preview of what the president is expected to say. and later, all week here we're celebrating our 19th birthday here on "world news now." we showed you our new look
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yesterday. today we are taking you behind the scenes to show you how we bring the news -- i love that video right there. oh, your turn now. >> there we go. >> to all you insomniacs every day. >> hard work making us look good. we start serious news this morning. the devastating explosion in moscow where a number of foreign visitors were among the dead. >> president obama expressed condolences. and called the attack an outrageous attack of terrorism. russian authorities have beefed up airport security. >> that bomb was designed to inflict maximum harm and released smoke so thick it was actually hard to count the dead. here's abc's jim sciutto. >> reporter: the massive explosion caught on security cameras at moscow's largest airport, then clouds of smoke, discarded baggage and bodies, dozenses of them, littering the floor. medical workers and bystanders scrambled to evacuate the nearly 200 wounded, some on baggage carts. ambulances rushed away with several victims apiece.
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we reached british businessman mark green, who walked by just moments before the blast. did it register at that point how serious this was? >> it was pretty horrific. there was a lot of people running out of the terminal from the arrivals area, some of whom were injured, some of whom were screaming and some of whom were in shock. >> reporter: eyewitnesses reported hearing the bomber shout, i'll kill you all, before detonating the explosives. i saw a man from behind, this man said, he either blew something up on his body or his suit indicate went off. russian authorities blamed a single suicide bomber carrying six pounds of explosives, packed with nuts and bolts, shrapnel, to increase the death toll. suspicion immediately fell on militants from russia's southern border fighting for an independent muslim state. in recent years they've struck subways, commuter trains and passenger planes with deadly frequency. as in the u.s., moscow's airport screens passengers before they
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board planes, but the bombers struck in the public arrivals area where there is no screening. here in the u.s. government officials have long acknowledged the vulnerability of public areas of airports where you can walk in just like this without passing through any scanners or metal detectors. the transportation security administration emphasized there are several security measures already in place in these areas. some you can see, such as bomb-sniffing dogs, and some you can't, including officers trained to look for suspicious behavior. a tsa official told us they're looking at intelligence literally every day, including the attack in moscow, to re-evaluate and try to make sure that the measures they have in place are sufficient. jim sciutto, abc news, washington. >> president obama expressed america's solidarity with the russian people in the wake of that bombing. white house press secretary robert gibbs read a statement in which the president strongly condemned what he called a, quote, outrageous act of terrorism.
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gibbs said white house chief counterterrorism adviser john brennan briefed the president within two hours of that dead reply blast. the president is also focusing on domestic issues with his state of the union speech later tonight. that's expected to heavily focus on the economy and jobs. karen travers in washington. more. >> reporter: it's the presidential super bowl. >> for him to continue this rebound, this comeback. >> reporter: presidents train for it like the big game. this president has even added a pre-state of the union address. >> we're creating jobs. not just now, but well into the future. >> reporter: expecting to strike a theme. competitiveness. >> and so, my principle focus, my number one focus, is going to be making sure that we are competitive. >> reporter: it's a word he's been using a lot lately. >> we are competitive. >> global competition. >> even more competitive. >> reporter: and he has new numbers to back him up. a new poll is showing 42% of 82 companies surveyed in a quarterly poll say they're going
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to increase hiring in the next six months. the president will use that word, investing, when he talks about education and research. a word that rings alarm bells among republicans. >> when we hear invest, when -- from anyone in washington, to me that means more spending. >> reporter: the president has a subtheme republicans might like. >> we also have to deal with our deficits and our debt in a responsible way. >> reporter: in a rare sight, many republicans and democrats will sit side by side, rather than across the aisle. but there will be plenty of holdouts. >> i'm going to sit where i usually sit. and we don't have seating assignments for most of our members. they can sit anywhere they want to. >> reporter: that seating arrangement could make for some awkward moments. what happens when the democrat stands in applause and the republican does not? karen travers, abc news, washington. >> abc news will provide live coverage of the president's state of the union address and republican response. that begins tonight at 9 p.m.
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eastern. we'll continue our coverage right here on "world news now." in other news, in arizona jared loughner faced the first of many charges after his rampage at an event held by congresswoman gabby giffords. through his lawyer loughner pleaded not guilty to trying to assassinate giffords and two of her aides. prosecutors are preparing to charge him with killing six people and injuring ten others for which he could face the death penalty. meanwhile, in a new york courtroom, the woman accused of kidnapping a newborn and raising the baby as her own was ordered to remain behind bars. >> the emotional hearing brought the baby's biological father together with the accused kidnapper for the first time in 23 years. t.j. winick joins us with the very latest. good morning. >> reporter: rob and vinita, good morning. ann pettway's attorney says his client is remorseful and she certainly appeared that way here in court. her family says they all thought it was her baby 23 years ago because she appeared pregnant at the time. carlina white and her family made the trip to federal court to face the woman accused of
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abducting her 23 years ago. ann pettway is charged with kidnapping carlina when she was just 19 days old, taking her from harlem hospital in new york city. her mother, joy, admitted the child with a high fever. >> i didn't have no idea during that time that someone would steal a baby. >> reporter: according to police, pettway took the infant to bridgeport, connecticut, raising her as if she were her own daughter. the criminal complaint pettway all but confesses, saying she's truly sorry she took carlina after suffering several miscarriages, fearing she would never have a child of her own. >> miss pettway voluntarily surrendered when she learned the police were looking for her. miss pettway was and is a good mother. >> reporter: sensing she never knew her true identity, carlina now with a 5-year-old daughter of her own, recently went searching online. there she found a baby picture on the center for missing and exploited children website. >> she says, wow, that baby photo looks very close to one
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that i have of me when i was raised. i might be that child. i'm not sure. >> reporter: soon dna evidence would confirm she was the biological child of carl tyson and joy white. pettway turned herself into this connecticut fbi office. she apparently contacted authorities through facebook. carlina's family wants to see justice served even two decades later. >> i wasn't happy to see her. >> do you think she's sorry? >> no, i don't. >> reporter: during her five-minute arraignment, pettway said absolutely nothing. she was ordered held without bail. you may do a double take the next time you go to the grocery store. information like calories, sugar, fat and salt may soon be listed on labels on the front of food products. food makers and major grocers are spending $50 million on the new campaign promoting the labels. it's the second try for a voluntary laborling system. the last one, smart choices, was dumped after the government called it misleading. in addition to the front they'll be on the back. a summary on the front and a complete nutrition label on the
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back. >> no excuse to not know how bad it is as you're eating it. here's a look at your tuesday forecast now. stormy in the south with heavy rain, gusty winds and isolated tornadoes from louisiana to florida. that rain stretches up to the carolinas and tennessee. morning rain and snow in new york and new england. snow showers from dakotas to minnesota. snow in the northern rockies. >> 50s in the pacific northwest. near 70 in phoenix. 19 in minneapolis. 35 in kansas city. 53 in dallas. new york will warm up to 37, which will feel, like you said, like the tropics for us. atlanta is 43. >> this is a story everyone can appreciate. the next time that you forget where you parked your car, big brother may be standing by to help you out. >> a mall in santa monica, california, launched a new find your car system. the first of its kind in the country. all you have to do is plug in your license plate at the kiosk and surveillance cameras will do the searching for you. >> that sounds so good. the system scans the parking lot and quickly pulls up a picture
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and the location of your lost car. if you have a senior moment out in the parking lot, which we all have had, that system could be a lifesaver. >> you mentioned big brother. the funny thing is for all you conspiracy theorists out there, they say the scary thing about information like this being collected is that once they know how often you go to the mall, they learn your consumer habits. so, then big brother can begin marketing specifically to you. so, with every upside, some people find a downside. >> uh-huh. ain't that the truth. more "world news now" after this.
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we look at the optimistic numbers. >> reporter: it feels like a light switch is about to go on, so said one economist optimistic about hiring. one company ready to flip that switch and increase their payroll by 10,000 is financial consulting giant deloitte. >> what we're projecting now is to return to our pre-recession hiring levels. so i'm delighted in the u.s. we're going to be increasing that hiring plan by 60%. >> reporter: to find out when more companies will follow suit, abc news reached out to a panel of experts. most agree that hiring should improve over the next six months. >> i think the most important reason for optimism is that businesses are very profitable. >> reporter: in fact, corporate profits are at pre-recession levels leaving companies sitting on nearly $2 trillion in cash. so we asked our panel, what is the missing piece to get those companies to spend and hire? some say the government should do more to make it easier for small businesses to borrow money to turn the spark of economic
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momentum into real jobs. >> you need a lot of growth. we're starting to see more growth. that's the good news. the question is, is it enough to really be the job generator we need? >> reporter: indicators suggest that we are headed in the right direction. a new survey shows that 42% of companies expect to increase hiring in the next six months. that survey helped send stocks to a 2 1/2 year high on monday. so when it comes to real job growth, small to medium size companies need to pick up as well. america is just not seeing that quite yet. bee an the dow closed yesterday. at 11 980. the last time it closed at or above 12,000 was june of 2008. we're slowly inching our way back up. >> whenever they say jobs are added i'm curious what sectors. they're saying retail, education, health care jobs and construction job. hopefully there's a lot of trickle down from those jobs in and of itself. >> need some growth. coming up, we take you behind the scene at "world news
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now." >> it's a rare look at the not too glamorous life of an overnight news anchor.
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well, as we've been mentioning, we are celebrating our 19th birthday here on "world news now." >> for one part of that celebration we figured we would give you an in-depth -- maybe i should say a little look at what we do and how we do it. >> it starts, as you'll see, with a very rude awakening. >> it is 8:30 at night. we're just getting up. time for vinita and me to start making the doughnuts. >> come on in. ♪ >> this is how we start our day, every day at abc on the overnights. i come in around 10:30.
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this is what i look like before all the hair and the makeup. this is scary vinita. you'll see pretty vinita later. yeah, right there. our new logo. very exciting. this is the before, no makeup. what no woman actually wants seen on television. ♪ >> a few minutes late, quarter of midnight. good morning. before you take off the coat, before you even go into the office, have you to get caffeine. here we are in the office in the illustrious fourth floor of abc, one floor up from where they tape all the shows. as you can tell the overnight anchors get the big, palatial offices right here. right here is the rundown for the show, what you'll see and right here is the script. >> tonight you'll see me in this.
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little red number. this is my glamorous office. i'm not really good for decorations so some of the things viewer have sent me i have actually put on the wall. this is my favorite. vinita nair, i love you. and my name is spelled wrong. >> this is brandon chase. he runs the whole operations. big willis. >> what's up, baby. >> what's going on, man? >> i've been with this company 31 years. >> 31. and no sick days. we have this wonderful salad here. people come in and pick all the chicken out and leave the wilted lettuce behind. there's always a long line. it's worse than a soup kitchen. no one in this building has food at home. writers and producers of the show now headed to eat. it's wonderful food, isn't did? silence. that's all they got, silence, nothing. >> now, we wanted to make sure we got a chance to show you all the people responsible for putting our 90-minute show on the air. you can see they're in the middle of doing it right now. these are our producers. these are our writers. >> i don't know what half this
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stuff does, but this is where they make everything look pretty and run on time. >> this is the time i go from looking like this to this. ta-da. you can see there's just one step left to go. ♪ >> i'm not the biggest fan of hairspray. i've learned to love it. pretty. that's my favorite part is to go, pretty. >> this is another nightly ritual here "world news now." the story meeting where our wonderful producers and director update us on what's going on with the show. >> this is my favorite room of all the rooms we'll show you. this is the nerve center. the guy on the far left, that's jim, he's responsible for mixing the show. sandy, our busy director. this is scott, he produces the show. this is david, responsible for basically getting all the times right. take a look at exactly what they're looking at. >> 36 -- >> tv-3, studio and makeup. yeah, this is taking all the new york grime off of my face.
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all mine. i swear, no mascara. it's girly enough that i don't need to do the maybelline, whatever you call it. >> all right. show time. >> 30 seconds away. everyone's all -- scripts are out. here's to a good show. >> good show. >> budget cuts. he doesn't have a mug. >> no mug. i'm waiting for my mug. >> 15 seconds -- >> >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. the house of representatives -- >> there we go. behind the scenes look. but one person is a little upset. he feels like he was left out. >> yeah, i actually wanted to tell you, every single scene we saw from the makeup to us leaving the house, all we heard is, still not in it. >> i'm still not in it. >> still not in it. >> i'm becking to get on it. >> you got out from diane sawyer and now you're a camera hog. what is it -- >> i love you, diane. >> shameless.
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>> and you insulting us getting ready for the show. >> yeah, i'll insult you any time. >> we know you mean that from the bottom of your heart. how much time to commercials? >> eight seconds. >> count down. >> tell them what's next? >> time for your "morning papers."
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> go ahead. >> rob's so excited about the set he decided to decorate his tongue just like it. >> oh, my gosh. >> i was eating some birthday cake for our big -- i didn't realize the icing is that blue. that is ridiculous. >> a very professional look, if i do say so -- >> i'm committed to this show. anyway, let me get to the papers now. if you think this medical marijuana market is going to die, you're in for a rude awakening here. there's this guy, this comes from the santa crews sentinel, a guy who is marketing this stuff, a medical marijuana soft drink. he's combining all the goodness
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of soda with the goodness of marijuana here. the funny thing -- >> people silently cheering in the background. >> yeah! bring us a case, man. the guy who founded this is called cana cola. he says, i never drink, smoked, i've had two beers in my whole life and i remember them both. no marijuana. i've never smoked a cigarette. i take an aspirin but yet he's part of this movement to market marijuana soft drink. which actually contain thc, the active ingredient in pot. he'll aim it at the marijuana medical community. good luck with that. >> i've met a couple people who, you know, and one thing common about them is they're very forgetful. they probably misplace a lot of phones in their day. but they probably have never filed an insurance claim, which is what this next story is about. i'm going somewhere with this, it's just very winding. >> that was very good. >> to, it was all over the place, i know. apparently one in five people report an insurance claim once they've lost their iphone. so, some company, this is
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actually in the uk, some paper place -- some newspaper agency, decided to do a study on the -- like the weirdest complaints people lodge for how they lost or broke an iphone. i'll give you a couple that caught our attention. >> no one ever lies. >> i dropped it from a hot air balloon or skydiving. people lose their phones. i broke it when my son used it as a table tennis racket. oddly enough. i accidentally buried it in the garden. >> buried it in -- really? >> yes. i dropped it in a food blender. and this one is my personal favorite. juice from a defrosting piece of meat leaked into the phone. >> what? >> in case you're looking to make a claim on your iphone, which i didn't even know you could do, those are the weirdest out there. >> not that people ever lie or do stupid things. this story on you of a cold, wisconsin state journal here. a 7-month-old cat that dug a hole in a tree where he's lived for many months and has never left because there's never any cat prints in the snow surrounding the tree. a reporter went out and verified this. this lovely cat has never left the tree.
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i thought we had a picture. this cat snug in a tree. >> seems like the in-depth reporting
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